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UK’s politicians should champion non secular freedom

Lord Alton

Lord Alton is urging UK politicians to defend non secular freedom all over the world and shine a light-weight on the “horrendous atrocities” being perpetrated towards individuals of religion.

The crossbench peer mentioned options wanted to be discovered for minorities in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized management final week.

“The previous few days have been dominated by the appalling information from Afghanistan and the ever-growing worry of what this may imply for ladies and ladies, non secular minorities and numerous others,” he mentioned.

“That worry is grounded in our information of what they’ve carried out earlier than – by the horrific legacy of the atrocities perpetrated by the Taliban. We have to discover options to assist all these in danger.” 

Lord Alton made the feedback in his capability as vice chair of the All Celebration Parliamentary Group on Freedom of Faith or Perception.

Though Afghanistan is dominating the headlines, he mentioned consideration additionally wanted to be given to injustices occurring in different nations which can go unnoticed by the media.

“However even whereas we’re targeted on Afghanistan, we should keep in mind that elsewhere on the planet atrocities based mostly on faith or perception haven’t stopped. We simply don’t hear about them,” he mentioned. 

UN member states marked the Worldwide Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based mostly on Faith or Perception on Sunday.

Lord Alton mentioned it was a possibility for politicians to champion Article 18 of the Common Declaration of Human Rights, which says that “everybody has the fitting to freedom of thought, conscience and faith”.

He mentioned, “We should keep in mind all these victims, whether or not identified or not, whether or not their tales have reached the information or not.

“We should keep in mind their ache and struggling and by no means tire of shining a light-weight on such horrendous atrocities.”

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